Arbury Is Where We Live!
We know we're not alone in this, and, of course, with three of our Arbury Archivists living in 'King's Hedges Ward' there has been concern. We know that the whole of North Arbury is not King's Hedges in any logical sense (in fact NONE of it is historically), and it undermines the work of the local community, Arbury Archivists, Arbury is where live!, etc, over the years to put the area's history on record and also to create community facilities like the Arbury Adventure Playground, Arbury Community Centre, North Arbury Chapel, etc.
We also know that King's Hedges Ward was formed out of the northern part of the original Arbury Ward. Residents at the time did not assume that the new ward would suddenly hurl them into a whole new historically groundless 'area'. Wards were then largely regarded as being simply for voting.
But, officially, we are having 'King's Hedges' thrust upon us by the local council at every opportunity! We're not, and we don't particularly like being told that we are.
And yet what a small plot it was, north of the guided busway, and its history, tied in with a hedged hunting warren for hunters to trap and kill terrified animals for the king's jollies, does not appeal to us at all.
So we were pleased to receive the following comment from Chris T:
Electoral wards change but one of our councillors, and I'm sure more than that, recognise the history of Arbury and that things are more complex than slamming down ward boundaries.
Chris enclosed the screen cap above, featuring Councillor Alex Collis of King's Hedges Ward, recognising the North Arbury dimension on her Facebook page - King's Hedges/North Arbury.
That's great. Local history - honestly researched and reported - should be in sync with our council areas, not like something irrelevant from 'that ward on the other side of Arbury Road'. As we have written before, the vast majority of Arbury history lies north of Arbury Road.
And the massive extension and redirection of King's Hedges Road as part of the A45/A14 motorway development plan in the late 1970s was no justification for turning North Arbury into KH.
We're sorry but, historically, King's Hedges never bordered Arbury Road, although the council planners created King's Hedges Estate was always a kind of sub-district of North Arbury further out. But it was not in King's Hedges. King's Hedges School was not in King's Hedges either.
Very pleased to see Alex's contribution to lessening the confusion and recognising the history of the community she serves.
The tangled roots of the confusion were created many years ago, and we think Alex is possibly the first councillor who has attempted to unravel them.